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9/23/2005 4:36:44 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Rhode Is.-Bristol Warren to Vote on Increase in Homeschool Regulations

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Rhode Is.-Bristol Warren to Vote on Increase in Homeschool Regulations


Dear HSLDA members and friends:


This is a call for all Bristol-Warren homeschool families to stand up
to stop a dramatic increase in homeschool regulations. On Monday,
September 26, members of the Bristol Warren School Committee will meet
to cast their final vote on a policy that would hurt homeschool
families.

Under current policy, families simply file a notice and they are free
to homeschool after initial approval.

If passed, the new policy would force families to use a curriculum
that is "equitable with" public school curriculum. Families whose
curriculum differs more than minimally from the school's would have
their program denied.

Also, the new policy mandates that families complete any forms school
officials choose to create. One form would force parents to agree to
submit assessments for all required subjects. Under current policy,
no assessments are required. Another form requires families to submit
a "program of study." This was not required before. Submission of an
"unacceptable" program would result in a denial of homeschooling. In
addition, parents will be required to file a notice every year.

Finally, parents will be forced to submit attendance records twice a
year. Under current policy, attendance records must simply be
available for inspection.


ACTION REQUESTED:

If you live in the Bristol Warren school district,

1. Come to the meeting to show you oppose needlessly increasing
homeschool regulations. The school committee members will meet at 7:00
p.m. at Mount Hope High School Cafeteria, 199 Chestnut Street,
Bristol.

2. Please call every member of the school committee, at their homes,
over the weekend and express your opposition to the proposed policy.
Contact information is below. Your message can be as simple as:
"Please reject the proposed homeschool policy. It will increase red
tape and headaches for families and administrators and it will not
improve anyone's education."

Marjorie J. McBride, Chairperson
401-253-8006

William A. Estrella, Jr., Vice-Chairperson
401-245-4872

William M. O'Dell, Secretary
bill032453@aol.com

Thomas E. Skuba
401-253-4774

Timothy L. Avila
401-245-3228

Joyce M. Kinsella
401-253-5108

John P. Saviano
401-247-0434

Paul Silva
401-253-1107

Beverly Z. Travers
401-253-6760


REASONS TO OPPOSE NEW REGULATIONS:

Standardized test scores show that homeschool students already excel
in every area. Further regulation is unnecessary.

Statistics show that homeschool students in states with heavy
regulation do no better academically than students in states with
little or no regulation. Heavy regulation does not improve student
learning.

One reason homeschooling is so successful is that parents are free to
choose their own curriculum, teaching style, hours of instruction, and
tailor them to their children's needs. It is both unnecessary and
unwise to take standards that are intended for institutions and apply
them to homes. "One size fits all" government standards for
curriculum content, hours of instruction, etc., can never be applied
in private homes because each child is different and it's necessary to
have individualized programs for homeschooling to be successful.

For families who homeschool for faith reasons, more regulation
increases the likelihood their constitutional right to free expression
of religion, as practiced in their homeschool program, will be
violated.

Sincerely,


Scott Woodruff
HSLDA Staff Attorney


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